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National Safety Preparedness Month Is a Great Time to Update Your Business and Home Preparedness Plans!

September 9, 2013

September is National Safety Preparedness month! The National Safety Council recommends following these four steps to be sure your home or business is prepared for a disaster:

  1. Build a kit
  2. Make a plan
  3. Stay informed
  4. Get involved

Build a kit:

  • Have enough emergency supplies on hand to keep each on-site employee fed and hydrated for at least 3 days. At WSRB, each of our employees keeps a “Grab-and-Go” kit at their desk (our Field Staff each keep one in their vehicle). The kit includes a 3-day supply of water, a personal hygiene kit (toothbrush, tissues, etc.), hand warmers, an emergency blanket, a rain poncho, moist towelettes, glo-sticks, and more. Each kit is conveniently stored in a large Ziploc bag, making it easy to grab if we have to get out of the building. Similar kits can be purchased at the Red Cross Store.

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  • WSRB also keeps a supply of dry food on hand and a sanitation kit, in case plumbing is down.
  • For a home kit, keep supplies on hand to survive for 2 weeks if necessary. Also be sure to have copies of important documents (medication information, deeds to your home, birth certificate, etc.) and a 7-day supply of any medications you might need.
  • Don’t forget your pets! Keep leashes and harnesses, a current photo of your pet, food and water supplies, a manual can opener (if your pet eats canned foods), and information on medical conditions, behavior problems, and how to contact your vet.

Make a Plan:

  • For your business, how will you recover your information if it’s lost or destroyed in an earthquake or fire? Be sure to have a backup system that is easily accessible and recoverable. Make sure key employees know what they need to do once they’ve ensured their homes and families are safe.  How, and how soon, should they contact their manager? Will they be relocated, and if so, to where and for how long?
  • Ensure all of your employees know the plan and how to execute it.
  • Have an evacuation route and practice evacuating your office to be sure every employee knows where to meet, post evacuation maps around the office.
  • Practice, practice, practice! In an emergency, there won’t be any time to think, so it’s always best to go over things ahead of time.

Be Informed:

  • During an emergency there might not always be access to the internet or computers. Be sure to have radios and batteries on hand so information can be received the good ol’ fashioned way.

Get Involved:

 Article by: Kristen Skinner
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